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I will be distributing a c++ application, and I was wondering if there was any tools available to add an extra layer of security against reverse engineering. I'm looking for a quick fix because I don't want to spend a year learning RE, I just want to focus on my application. Should I be looking at anti debuggers, packers, or what? Is there any convenient libraries to use?

I understand that nothing can stop reverse engineering, I just would like to make it more difficult if possible.

Is there anything that is free or open source?

  • "Hello, I am not interested in learning the hobby that this forum is for, but I'd like you to tell me how to make this hobby more difficult or impossible. Thanks." – Brennan Vincent Oct 18 '16 at 15:18
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Since you don't want to learn RE, there are some free/opensource and paid tools.

For the first you probably should look in the answers here.

If you feel like spending money you can find some relatively stronger packers like: VMProtect or themida.

Good luck!

  • Yes, open-source\free packers and cryptors is your way. But please note, that for most of them there is an automatic unpackers or extractors, both open-source and proprietary ones. – Denis Laskov Sep 2 '15 at 6:37
  • Open source is more subjective to been compromised since anyone can look at the code and reverse it. – Paul Sep 2 '15 at 9:05
  • Paul, as well as look and alter or improve :) So I doubt Open Source products in general are more vulnerable, there are pros and contras for each model. – Denis Laskov Sep 3 '15 at 8:18
  • the ones in the linked thread don't work except maybe the delphi ones but i have no experience with delphi or compiling for delphi and I gave up trying to compile those sources – Thomas Sep 5 '15 at 1:27

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